The Progress Principle
October 27, 2015
The positive effect of lots of small wins...
There are some people who provide such consistently rewarding content that I read every word they write.
Dan Pink, the author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, is one of those people.
Dan had a fascinating interview with the authors of the book, The Progress Principle.
Let me share a bit…
Dan: "...many bosses believe the best way to ensure top performance is to keep their charges on edge -- hungry and a little stressed-out. But you found something different..."
(Author) Teresa Amabile: "If people are on edge because they are challenged by a difficult, important problem, that's fine -- as long as they have what they need to solve that problem. But it's a dangerous fallacy to say that people perform better when they're stressed, over-extended or unhappy. We found just the opposite."
"People are more likely to come up with a creative idea or solve a tricky problem on a day when they are in a better mood than usual. In fact, they are more likely to be creative the next day too, regardless of that next day's mood. There's a kind of 'creativity carry-over' effect from feeling good at work."
Consider how it feels inside most radio stations today…
So today's question is, what can you change to make small wins, engagement, and creativity more -- rather than less -- likely?